In the first quarter of 2021, the number of registered digital crimes seen by the police doubled compared to last year. Fraud through WhatsApp and fraud in online commerce are particularly prominent.
The police found that cyber crime and digital crime are increasing by about 25% every year. The increasing number of fraud and hacking cases is particularly noticeable.
WhatsApp is widely used for fraud. In addition, criminals pretend to be acquaintances of victims who demand rapid transfer of funds. Since April 30, this so-called emergency fraud can be reported online. Citizens use it regularly: more than 25,000 times.
The police also reported more fraud in online transactions. In addition, someone did pay for a product, but got nothing. Especially in December 2020, which is a holiday month, non-essential shops are closed due to corona discharge measures.
Theo van der Plas, Director of Digitalization and Cybercrime Initiatives (Theo van der Plas) advocates for a large amount of financial investment to better address ransomware, phishing, DDoS attacks and nationwide WhatsApp fraud. According to him, about 300 million euros should be used to improve digital skills, increase personnel, data infrastructure and innovation. New technologies such as artificial intelligence and smart sensors must help combat cybercrime. Van der Plas also hopes to attract a large number of highly educated people to make and ensure that online surveys and digitization meet the standards.